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While many people recognize that shovelling snow is hard work, physiotherapists caution that shovelling can place severe stress on your heart, and cause stress and strain on your body. Research has identified snow shovelling as a high-risk activity for heart problems. Every year, shovellers also sustain injuries such as pulled and strained muscles from […]


With the explosion of boutique gyms and spin classes and ultramarathons, it can feel like exercise should be both expensive and extreme. But researchers are finding that it really doesn’t seem to matter what kind of physical activity you do to reap great health rewards.

In one of largest global studies ever published […]


Belly fat: These two words seem to be the bane of many a dieter’s existence. They’re also marketing gold. There’s no shortage of supplements, diet books, and web articles promising new ways to target the tummy region.

It turns out that many researchers and health experts are equally preoccupied with belly fat — though for […]












High-intensity aerobic exercise gives robust improvements at the muscle cell level, according to a new U.S. study. Any exercise is usually considered better than no exercise, but a new study indicates interval training — interspersing high and low speed levels during activities such as […]


Want to step it up a notch? Start with this walking schedule and keep building as you get more fit.

Walking is a gentle, low-impact cardio exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It’s safe and simple. And regular brisk walking can provide many of the benefits of more […]


Explosive plyometric jumps and lifting huge racks of weight may be impressive, but those exercises aren’t for everyone. Lack of strength and flexibility or simple inexperience can quickly turn athletic bravado into a visit to the emergency room. In fact, there are a number of moves that the best trainers generally refuse to do […]


Prevent these 8 common injuries
Stay in the game and learn how to listen to your body and avoid injury with these tips.


Overuse injuries can be the bane of physically active people, from elite athletes to weekend warriors. Excessive, repeated stress on tendons, bones and joints over weeks or months can lead […]


Research indicates that it is never too late to enjoy the health benefits of moderate aerobic exercise. Brisk walking for 30 to 50 minutes 3 or 4 times each week for 3 months improved blood flow to the brain as much as 15% in a study of women.

At the start of the research, the […]



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My activity tracker has 5,000 daily steps as its baseline. Is anything less considered “sedentary”?


Your simple question requires a surprisingly complicated answer, because steps, by definition, cannot be sedentary. Walking is a […]


Originally published in the National Post by Carol Dombrow, RD, Postmedia News | February 9, 2016

February is Heart Month.  The Heart and Stroke’s 2016 Report on the Health of Canadians focuses on The Burden of Heart Failure.

Heart Failure means the heart muscle is damaged or weakened; unable to pump blood […]